Khashana 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-27-11, id: 3378001
Author has written 36 stories | Star Trek: 2009, Harry Potter, StarTrek: The Original Series, Sherlock, Thirteen Reasons Why, Doctor Who, Avengers, and Marvel.
β : Khashana is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have been proofreading stuff for as long as I can remember. I write English papers that get 98s and 99s-from a teacher who doesn't give 100s on principle. I proofread the program for my mother's theatre troupe, and I'm a paid copyeditor and theatre reporter for my school, or I was until the paper collapsed.

I automatically proofread as I read-if you've gotten a review from me before, look at it. If I say I loved it, there's probably little I would change if you sent it to me to beta. If I give you constructive criticism, that's what you'd get from me as a beta, only more in depth, generally with specific examples and ideas on how to fix them. If I didn't comment, it probably just didn't work for me-see weaknesses. Unless I favorited it, and then I probably loved it and just didn't have anything else to say, nothing specific that stood out.

If you want a litmus test on whether I'll be a useful beta, send me a PM and ask me to review something you've got, unbeta'd, obviously. If you beta all your stories before posting, send me a PM and ask me for a connection, then send me the file and ask me for a review. I won't agree to beta something that I can't see a sample of.

I ask that you have a plan for a story. I don't require an outline, but I don't like stories where the author gives his or her characters new problems, gets them out again, gets them into new problems, and then puts "I'm running out of ideas, guys," in the A/N and abandons the story-because that author never had a plan, just a desire to write fanfiction and ideas for a few scenes. You should know how it ends, or at least plan to end it at a certain point. Example: You're writing a Sherlock fic that you know involves Sherlock faking his death and John coping while Sherlock goes off on a secret mission. You don't have to know the details of the mission or exactly what John's up to, but you better know that you're going to end it when Sherlock comes home to John. Or after Sherlock comes home to John and they get together, whatever you want. On this topic, I prefer to know what's coming. Yes, spoilers, but I'm your editor, not your audience, and I can't tell if you're leaving plot holes (or providing extraneous, distracting information) if I don't know what's important to the plot and what's not. Again, I don't need a chapter by chapter outline, just as much as you can give me.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I am excellent at grammar and at pointing out when something doesn't make sense. Although I read fast, I catch most errors on a first or second read-through. I know my homophones better than the back of my hand. I can usually pinpoint when someone is out of character, find plot holes, and fix confusing situations.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
When something doesn't work, I usually can't pinpoint why. Good stories have a 'spark', and if your story doesn't have it, there is nothing I can do to make it work for me. Spark shows through errors, mistakes, poor flow, and lack of plot-even if you have all of these, I can still see whether you have it or not, and if you don't, I can't help you find it. I also have an irritating habit of occasionally knowing when a character *wouldn't* say or do something-but no helpful advice as to what s/he *would*. This isn't always accurate-sometimes I can tell you why something is OOC. It just isn't my strong suit.

I can't plot. I can direct an emotional scene, angst or fluff, but stuff with external events like mystery, you better have it planned out. There are other betas who can do this sort of thing, but I cannot help you find where your story ought to go.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I like slash. If you couldn't tell by my profile, straight romances just don't interest me, and, to a lesser degree, pairing-less stuff doesn't either. I'll beta them if you really want me specifically, but if you want to get me involved on a more than check-my-commas level, send me m/m slash. My favorite worlds are those I write for.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I will not do anything that is forbidden by guidelines (do you guys read 'em or just scroll to the bottom and hit ok?). Anything with copied song lyrics or explicit sex. I would prefer you not send me really long multi-chapter stuff that is a straight romance couple, either, there's very few of those I actively ship. (Star Trek Bones/Uhura and Battlestar Galactica Lee/Kara being the apparent exceptions.) Nothing with an OC paired with the main character, either.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book 1984
Tv Angel
Book Annie On My Mind
Book As I Lay Dying
Tv Battlestar Galactica: 2003
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Book Catch-22
Book Catcher in the Rye
Book Enchanted Forest
Book Ender's Game series
Book Harry Potter
Book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Book Hollow Kingdom Trilogy
Book I, Robot
Book Keeping You a Secret
Book Mairelon books
Book Night World series
Book Septimus Heap
Tv Sherlock
Movie Star Trek: 2009
Book Vampire Academy
Book Warriors
Book Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Book Young Wizards
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for